Rivers crisis capable of truncating democracy – Kalu

By The Rainbow

A former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has stated that the

crisis rocking Rivers State is capable of truncating the nation's

growing democracy.

Kalu therefore called on President Goodluck Jonathan to wade into the matter.

Kalu made these remarks in London, United Kingdom on Saturday at a

reception in honour of Senator Annie Okonkwo's daughter, Dr. Nkem.

Dr. Nkem bagged a first degree (second class upper) in Medicine from

the University of Cardiff, UK.

Kalu said at a time the younger generation was looking up to the

country’s leaders, he was disappointed by the barbaric, shameful and

undemocratic act of some so-called honourable lawmakers of Rivers

State House of Assembly.

He tagged the lawmakers “dishonorable lawbreakers”.

He stated that the actions of the lawmakers are unpatriotic and called

on the appropriate authorities to sanction all those found culpable

accordingly to the law.

Kalu emphasized the importance of the rule of law in the survival of a

nation, adding that the law should be applicable to all and sundry

irrespective of social, political and economic status.

He said; 'The law is a respecter of nobody and until the system gives

the rule of law its rightful place, no meaningful development will be


He noted that every Nigerian has a right to aspire to any position

provided it is within the limits of the law.

He decried a situation where leaders expend federal and state

resources to fight themselves for selfish political interests and

ambitions rather than focusing on governance.

He also condemned the attack on Governors Babaginda Aliyu of Niger

State, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State

and Sule Lamido of Jigawa State by persons believed to be hired thugs

in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The governors were in Port Harcourt to visit Governor Rotimi Amaechi

of Rivers State.

He said the humiliation could happen to anyone, including the

President if care was not taken.

He noted that it was highly unfortunate that the governors could be

stoned by miscreants, with no one saying anything.

He said such behaviour without sanctions meant the right to freedom of

movement is jeopardized and lawlessness is the order of the day.

He lamented: 'As long as the President remains silent on these

happenings, justice will not prevail.”

The former governor said the onus is on President Jonathan to use his

good office to intervene in the crisis rocking Rivers State in the

interest of the well being of Nigerians by sanctioning the key players

and actors appropriately.

He advised the President not to allow some shallow minded and selfish

politicians to derail him from fulfilling his promises to Nigerians.

Also, Kalu called on guests, who were mostly youths, to return home

and not be discouraged by the challenges being faced in Nigeria.

He charged them to contribute their quota by imbibing and upholding

the good values of the society.

He said: 'We must work together for one united and indivisible Nigeria

while strengthening our democracy.”

Father of the graduand and Deputy National Chairman of the All

Progressives Congress, Senator Annie Okonkwo, expressed his sincere

appreciation to Dr. Kalu for honouring his invitation.

He told Kalu to join the progressives by teaming up with the APC, a

call the former governor spurned.

The event was attended by Lady Chinyere Okonkwo, APC National Woman

Leader; Mrs. Sharon Chiazor; and Barrister Ziggy Asikwe amongst